While this holds true for them, a dog trapped in a Cloverdale house fire over the weekend did just that, and lived.
Firefighters from the Cloverdale Township Fire Department were called to a house on fire at 203 Brown Ave. Sunday morning and were told the family pet -- a black lab -- was trapped inside the home. The occupant of the home, Christy Truax, was not at home.
"We were told, when we arrived, that the family dog was still inside, but the fire was so involved we thought we would find it dead," Township Fire Chief Kerry Shepherd told the BannerGraphic Monday.
When fire personnel arrived on the scene shortly after 9:30 a.m., the house was fully involved and flames were shooting from the windows.
After fighting the flames for some time, firefighters were shocked to see the dog emerge from underneath a bed, completely unscathed -- albeit a little scared.
Sadly, another dog was killed the previous day in a house fire near Reelsville.
"I couldn't believe it," Shepherd said of the Cloverdale dog. "It just came running out from under the bed."
The dog was safely returned to Truax, but unfortunately for her, the home and its contents were a total loss, Shepherd said.
Firefighters believe the fire started in the living room and quickly spread from there. The exact cause was still under investigation Monday morning, but Shepherd said he does not suspect any foul play.
The home next door was also damaged in the blaze, Shepherd said. The vinyl siding was melted due to the extreme heat from the blaze next door.
Greencastle Fire, Jefferson Township Fire and Operation Life were also dispatched to provide mutual aid and Poland firefighters covered the Cloverdale Township station while units were busy with the fire.